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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

•   Weinstein's Words That Build Tip #15: Cultivate communication with clients that translates architectural imagery into experience at their fingertips.

•   AIANY's Bell reflects on the future of Ground Zero: "What is happening at the WTC site? And why is there a need to get together on 6/11 to turn 9/11 around, yet again?"

•   Stewart questions whether too many publicly-funded British quangos might ultimately devalue the promotion of good design.

•   Should architects become more active in politics? Yes, says a district councilor; no, says DEGW's Duffy.

•   Forget whether architects should get more involved in politics - Glancey has a plan for politicians to learn a little more about - and appreciate - good architecture (and "wean MPs off property speculation at the taxpayers' expense once and for all").

•   Irish architects up in arms over competition to redesign the ESB headquarters in Dublin.

•   "There is more to obesity than diet": Friedman calls for local governments to rethink the way they design communities to promote physical activity instead of encouraging a sedentary lifestyle.

•   While Lincoln Center re-do garners high praise, a few discordant voices are raising an alarm that it may be changing too much.

•   Cannell considers whether modernist landscapes are the next wave for preservation, and the irony that preservationists largely ignore the outdoor portion of the sites they're trying to preserve.

•   Arieff juries a mall design competition to find "a glimpse of the future and, unfortunately, the past."

•   Pearman ponders the meaning of Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art winning the Stirling of Stirlings: "What does this say about our attitude to architecture today?"

•   King gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Viñoly's UCSF Diller Family Cancer Research Building: it "shows the difficulty of creating institutional facilities that succeed for their users and have a neighborly feel."

•   A big cheer for San Jose's new airport terminal: it's "the best piece of public architecture since the new City Hall" (too bad it's mostly hidden by a blob of a garage).

•   Providence does contemporary: Brown University breaks ground on DS+R's Granoff Center for the Creative Arts; the "biggest surprise may be on the inside" - Shipping containers take shape as a new office building for start-up businesses and artists (we can imagine Brussat broiling them in oil).

•   A paint attack on Rome's Ara Pacis Museum while the mayor backs off of wanting to tear it down and "has begun talks with Richard Meier to 'rethink' its design."

•   Bayley celebrates Big Ben's birthday: "Pugin's crazy, magnificent clock tower."

•   Scottish Design Awards 2009 winners announced.

•   Call for entries: The Self-sufficient City: Envisioning the habitat of the future.

•   Call for papers: Nexus 2010: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics Conference.


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